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Island Routes Tours offers the perfect beginning and scenic end for every Saint Lucia holiday: private limousine transfers from Hewanorra International Airport  (UVF). Guests travel in welcome comfort and luxurious style to their resorts or villas while taking in views of the unmistakable mountains and coastline.

And now, during their stay, Island Routes Tours invites vacationers to one of the Caribbean's most famous outdoor parties and dining experiences, "Anse La Raye Seafood Festival." A catamaran cruise down Saint Lucia's breathtaking west coast heads to the tiny fishing village of Anse La Raye, the place to be as locals sell freshly caught seafood from snapper and lobster to octopus and conch prepared to creole perfection at this legendary fish fry and street party.

Hutson, GeorgeThe Barbados government has defended the $31.50 departure tax at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), saying it still among the lowest when compared to the fees charged by other Caribbean countries.

“The facilities in the various airports across the region have to be maintained and managed. That is a cost we have to pass on to persons using the airport facilities,” said International Business and International Transport Minister George Hutson.

Caribbean, Canadian and Mexican travelers will now have to pay a $5.50 tax if they enter the United States by air or sea.
A U.S.-Colombia free trade deal, passed recently in the U.S. Congress, includes a clause that removes an exemption from the tariff for travelers from the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico.

Those countries had been exempt from the fee since 1997 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but Canadian officials here said American legislators, needing fresh cash for government coffers, have resurrected it.

David Crofts

Seasoned Canadian hotelier David Crofts has taken the reins of the new Comfort Suites Ports of Call resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Crofts, with almost 30 years of industry experience, has managed hotels and resorts in Canada, the Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos where he was executive assistant manager of the Caribbean Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos over the past three years.

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